iPhone 7 Not Vibrating? Here's Why & The Real Fix!

David Lynch

MAY 31, 2017

Your iPhone 7 doesn't vibrate and you don't know why. You're starting to miss important calls or text messages and it's starting to get frustrating. This article will explain what to do when your iPhone 7 is not vibrating so you can fix the problem and get alerted when someone is trying to contact you.

Make Sure Your iPhone 7's Vibration Motor Is Working

When your iPhone 7 is not vibrating, we need to determine whether or not the vibration motor is on. To test this, begin flipping the Ring / Silent switch on the left side of your iPhone on and off multiple times.

volume controls iPhone 7

You'll feel a brief vibration when you reposition the Ring / Silent switch if "Vibrate on Ring" or "Vibrate on Silent" is turned on in the Settings app.

If "Vibrate on Ring" is turned on, your iPhone 7 will vibrate when you position the switch towards your iPhone's display.

If "Vibrate on Silent" is turned on, your iPhone 7 will vibrate when the flip the switch towards the back of your iPhone. When the Ring / Silent switch is pushed towards the back of your iPhone 7, you'll also see a thin orange line next to the switch.

How To Turn On "Vibrate on Ring" Or "Vibrate on Silent"

If your iPhone 7 doesn't vibrate when you move the switch back and forth, it probably means that vibrate is off when the Ring / Silent switch is set to either ring or silent.

To turn on "Vibrate on Ring" or "Vibrate on Silent":

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Sounds & Haptics.
  3. Tap the switch next to "Vibrate on Ring" and/or "Vibrate on Silent". You'll the know the switch or switches are on when they are green and positioned to the right.

turn on vibrate on ring and silent

If your iPhone 7 is not vibrating even after you turn on these switches, follow the troubleshooting guide below! There are still a couple of software steps we can try to fix your iPhone before exploring repair options.

How To Fix An iPhone 7 That's Not Vibrating

4 Steps Total

Reset All Settings

Many iPhone problems are caused when Settings isn't set up correctly or by corruption within individual Settings app files. Restoring the Settings app back to factory defaults doesn't fix every iPhone software problem, but it is a go-to fix for Apple technicians because it does solve a lot of problems that would be very difficult to to track down by hand.

How Do I Reset All Settings?

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Use your finger to scroll down to Reset. It will be the last option in Settings -> General.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings.
  6. Enter your passcode.
  7. Tap Reset All Settings. You'll be prompted twice.
  8. A progress bar will appear on the screen.
  9. Your iPhone will automatically turn back on when the reset finishes.
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DFU Restore Your iPhone

A DFU restore has the potential to fix software problems by completely erasing the code which may be causing your problem. The code is rewritten as if  your iPhone is brand new, so the software problem may get solved.

Think of it like a house that has cracks in the foundation. Rather than try and fix the cracks, we are building an entirely new foundation.

If you can, back up your iPhone before completing a DFU restore. Any time you do a restore, it erases everything from your iPhone. However, after the restore is completed, you restore all your backed up data back onto your iPhone.

How Do I DFU Restore My iPhone?

Watch our DFU restore video walkthrough on YouTube, or follow the steps below:

  1. Using a Lightning cable, plug your iPhone into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if you have a PC or Mac running Mojave 10.14 or earlier). Open Finder if you have a Mac running Catalina 10.15 or newer. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is on or off.
  3. On an iPhone 6s or older, press and hold the Home button and the power button. On an iPhone 7, press and hold the power and volume down button.  
  4. After 8 seconds, release the Power Button, but continue to hold the power button (iPhone 6s or older) the volume down button (iPhone 7).
  5. Let go of the power button or volume down button when your iPhone appears in iTunes or Finder.
  6. Your iPhone’s display will be completely black if you’ve successfully entered DFU mode. If it’s not, try again from the beginning.
  7. Restore your iPhone using iTunes or Finder.
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Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.
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Repair Your iPhone With Puls

Puls is a "we come to you" iPhone repair service that will meet you at your home, office, or Starbucks to repair your iPhone in as little as 30 minutes. Every Puls repair is backed by a lifetime warranty and their prices tend to be a lot less than Apple's.

Puls repairs broken iPhone screens, batteries, speakers, cameras, charging ports, and more. The only drawback at this point is that Puls isn't available everywhere (they're mostly in major US cities).

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Puls?

  1. Visit Puls.com.
  2. Select iPhone.
  3. Select the model of your iPhone.
  4. Enter your ZIP Code.
  5. Select the color of your iPhone.
  6. Select the repair you need completed and fill out any additional information you want the technician to know.
  7. Schedule a repair time and date.
  8. Enter your address and personal information.
  9. Click the button that says "Submit Repair Request".
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iPhone 7 Not Vibrating? Fixed!

Your iPhone 7 is vibrating once again and you aren't missing any important calls or texts. I hope you'll share this article on social media now that you know what to do when your iPhone 7 doesn't vibrate. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave me any iPhone-related questions down below in the comments section!


David Lynch

Hi, I'm David! I'm here to help you fix problems with your iPhone and help you find a better cell phone plan.


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